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Record-setting Cortlandt planner Jim Sloat dies at 73

James A. Sloat III, whose 24 years of service on the Planning Board is a record for an appointed official in the Town of Cortlandt, died Friday.

He was 73.

A 40-year resident of Lafayette Avenue, Sloat first joined the Planning Board to fill a vacancy under the regime of former Supervisor Muriel Morabito in the late 1970ís.

He was subsequently reappointed four times, serving at a time when Cortlandt experienced significant development growth.

"Jim Sloat was a wonderful person who devoted much of his adult life to our community," said Supervisor Linda Puglisi. "He will be truly missed."

Gerald Malatino sat on the Planning Board with Sloat for 15 years and said he was as "honest as the day is long."

"He was a guy that I had a lot of respect for. You know where he was coming from. He didnít have an agenda," Malatino said. "Jim was a real straight shooter. His motivation was that the applicant had a fair hearing."

Current Planning Board Chairman Steven Kessler, who served 13 years with Sloat, said the retired union carpenter had a way of making developers and his colleagues feel at ease in what sometimes can be a tense environment.

"Jim was really the voice of pragmatism on the board. Iím going to miss his even-handness and his sense of rationality in terms of the discussion," Kessler said.

"Jim was able to balance the developerís needs versus the needs of the town very well. I think the scales were very even when it came to Jimís deliberations," Kessler added. "He was a good guy. It is a loss for the board."

Councilman John Sloan, who served 10 years with Sloat on the Planning Board and attended the same church, Holy Spirit, said Sloat was able to adjust over the years as the mindset of town officials changed in terms of development.

"He felt the applicant needed a fair shake. He wanted to keep the scales balanced and he saw it as he saw fit," Sloan said. "He was a friendly guy, an easy going guy. Youíre not going to find anyone who would say a bad thing about him."

During an interview in 1999, Sloat admitted politics sometimes seeped into many decisions on projects by certain members of the Planning Board during his early years.

He recalled one particular application concerning the approval of Cortlandt Auto Body that passed without conditions that he described as "strictly a political move."

However, when looking back at his record, Sloat said he had no regrets.

"I wouldnít want to call any of them back," he said.

He was born January 31, 1929 in Peekskill to Frank H. and Marie C. Kiley Sloat and graduated from Peekskill High School.

Mr. Sloat served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean era. He later served in the Naval Reserves for more than 20 years.

On August 11, 1951, he married Joan McLaughlin at Assumption Church in Peekskill.

A member of the New York State Carpenters Union in Elmsford, Mr. Sloat was a life member of Elks Lodge 744 and was past president of Peekskill Carpenter Local #163.

He also was a past Scout Master for Elks Boy Scout Troop #1 and a volunteer for Blue Mountain/Springvale Partners.

In addition to his wife of Cortlandt, Mr. Sloat is survived by one daughter, Mary Alison Makarczuk of Putnam Valley; two sons, James A. Sloat IV of Peekskill and Peter F. Sloat of Wanaque, New Jersey; one sister, Mary Ellen Scaramuzza of Cambridge, NY; six grandchildren; and two nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held Monday at Holy Spirit Church. Cremation was private.
 

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Angela Wynn: Peekskill resident

Angela C. Wynn, a resident of Peekskill, died November 13 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

She was 40.

She was born May 13, 1962 in Brooklyn to Robert and Yvonne Johnson Taylor.

She worked as a switchboard operator at Lincoln Hall in Lincolndale for several years, retiring two years ago.

She was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Tarrytown and attended Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church in Peekskill.

She is survived by her fiancée, Joseph Blount of Peekskill; three daughters, Natarsha M. Wynn and Syrayra D. Wynn, both of Yonkers, and Shatina S. Wynn of Peekskill; one son, Timothy (Shawn) Wynn of Birmingham, Alabama; three sisters, Phillipa Taylor and Jessica Taylor, both of Manhattan, and Simone Williams of Brooklyn; two brothers, Robert Taylor of Queens and Jay Taylor of Ossining; and three grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill.
 

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Arthur Perosky: PV resident

Arthur F. Perosky, a resident of Putnam Valley, died November 15 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

He was 87.

He was born April 8, 1915 in the Bronx to Frederick and Mary Zaun Perosky.

He was a supervisor of bridges and buildings for Metro-North Railroad in Croton for more than 40 years before retiring in 1975.

He was a charter and founding member of the Putnam Valley Fire Department, a member of Grace Methodist Church, the Putnam Valley Square Club, the Cortlandt Lodge No. 34 of the Free and Accepted Masons in Peekskill, the Peekskill Sea Scouts and the Peekskill Boy Scout Troop No. 1.

He was also an avid golfer.

He married Lucy Tompkins in Goldens Bridge on June 23, 1937.

He moved to Putnam Valley in 1938 from Peekskill.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy Perosky of Putnam Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne F. and Carol Perosky of Putnam Valley; two sisters, Ruth Wells of Beacon and Dorothy Hansen of Phoenix, Arizona; brother-in-law, Harry Tompkins of Putnam Valley; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by one son, Arthur F. Perosky Jr., who died December 9, 1960, and two half-brothers, Leo and Charles Kohler.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill.
 

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Catherine T. Murphy

Catherine T. Murphy of Hudson, Florida, died Friday, November 8, 2002 at the Tandem Health Care Center in Hudson, Florida.

She was 86.

She was born on May 28, 1916 in the Bronx to Denis J. and Catherine E. OíNeill Ryan.

She married James J. Murphy on November 21, 1934. He died on January 31, 1957.

She worked as an administrator for the Equitable Life Assurance Society in New York City.

She is survived by a daughter, Margaret McCoy of Tucson, Arizona, 2 sons, Robert T. Murphy of Peekskill and James J. Murphy Jr. of Binghamton, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill..
 

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Edward Stewart: Mohegan Lake resident

Edward M. Stewart, a resident of Mohegan Lake, died November 15 at Hudson Valley Hospital.

He was 59.

Mr. Stewart worked as a dispatcher for New York City Transit on 126th Street in Manhattan. He was with the company for more than 20 years before retiring in 1993.

He was born February 14, 1943 in Fort Jackson, South Carolina to Edward and Elizabeth Leahy Stewart.

He was educated in New York City and graduated from Automotive in 1961.

He lived in Mohegan Lake for the past 24 years.

He is survived by his daughters, Erica Lee Stewart and Denise Rahe of Peekskill; one son, Christopher Rahe of Charlottsville, Virginia; one grandson, Brendan Rahe; one granddaughter, Margot Rahe-Bourque; and one brother, Stanley Jelinek of Yonkers.

He was predeceased by his mother, Elizabeth Jelinek, and his father Edward Stewart.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown Heights.
 

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Harriet Janick: Ossining resident

Harriet Janick, a lifelong resident of Ossining, died November 13 at her residence.

She was 81.

She was born January 13, 1921 in Ossining to William Dingee and Anna Leggett.

She was a member of the 1st Baptist Church in Ossining, a former Deli Manager with A&P food stores and a retired Recreational Therapist at the Ruth Taylor Institute in Valhalla.

She is survived by her daughter, Harriet R. (Carl) Rietschel, one son, Robert Meighan, and one grandson, William Rietschel.

She was predeceased by her husbands-- Harry Meighan, Marshall Gartman and Carl Janick.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining.
 

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Lillian Cerrone: Ossining resident

Lillian Cerrone, a resident of Ossining, died November 15 at Cedar Manor Nursing Home.

She was 94.

She was born May 23, 1908 in Italy to Anthony and Lucy Chairto Finizio.

On July 29, 1928, she married Dominick Cerrone at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Yonkers.

She was a parishioner of St. Annís Church and was a member of their Sodality Society and a member of the Ossining Golden Agers.

She was the beloved wife of the late Dominick Cerrone.

She was the devoted mother of Carmella Palmietto of Schoharie, New York and the late Christina Ward of Columbus, Georgia. She also had seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Waterbury & Kelly Funeral Home in Ossining.
 

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Patricia Ann Mc Bride: Ossining resident

Patricia Ann Mc Bride, a resident of Ossining, died November 14.

She was 58.

She was born February 1, 1944 in Spartenburg, South Carolina to Nathaniel P. Carter, Sr. and Marion Walker.

She moved to the area and attended local schools.

She married Thomas McBride in 1963.

She worked as a nurseís assistant at the VA Hospital in Montrose.

She was an avid Bingo player and had made many associations.

She is survived by her son, Thomas L. McBride of Ossining; two brothers, Nathaniel P. Carter, Jr. of Manassas, Virginia and Bernard Carter of Richmond, Virginia; and one grandson, Thomas Jalen McBride.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Leach & Thomas Inc., in Ossining.


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